Here are the ways you can catch the first governor debate of 2018.

New poll shows close governor race ahead of Wednesday’s Dayton debate

Debate will air live from the University of Dayton on WHIO-TV Channel 7 and WHIO Radio.

The two candidates will debate at 7 p.m. at the University of Dayton — an event hosted by the university. Cox Media Group Ohio is the media partner for the debate.

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“We’re really excited to have it here in Dayton. I mean obviously we think Dayton is the most important city in the state,” UD President Eric Spina said Tuesday.

A survey of likely voters conducted by Baldwin Wallace University between Sept. 5 and 15 shows DeWine with a slight lead: 41.8 percent for DeWine, 37 percent for Cordray, 21.3 percent undecided.

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A poll from Politico/AARP showed DeWine at 39 percent and Cordray at 38 percent with 23 percent of Ohio voters yet to make up their minds.

Tonight’s debate is moderated by News Center 7 anchor James Brown. Questions will be asked by Dayton Daily News Columbus Bureau reporter Laura Bischoff, News Center 7 reporter and WHIO Reports host Jim Otte and University of Dayton assistant political science professor Christopher Devine.

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BW Community Research Institute director Tom Sutton said in a written statement that the outcome of the election will hinge on how late-deciding voters break on election day Nov. 6.

Why Dayton?

Spina said it is important for UD to host tonight’s debate to start a dialogue across Ohio before Election Day.

“We believe citizenship is a good thing for our students to engage in as soon as possible so I think we were able to make the case that it fits well at this university where we talk a lot about dialogue across difference,” Spina said.

“Dayton is an important city historically and certainly as Dayton comes back economically, it’s only good news for the state, so I think having this here in Dayton sends a good signal that whoever turns out to be governor will be paying attention to Dayton and I’ve certainly sensed a lot of excitement among leaders in Dayton as well.”

Cheryl McHenry of News Center 7 contributed to this report.

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Dayton hosting first governor debate 

How to watch: You can watch the Sept. 19 debate with Mike DeWine and Richard Cordray live at 7 p.m. on WHIO-TV Channel 7. You can also stream it on our newspaper web site.

Listen live: Listen to the debate on AM 1290 and News 95.7 WHIO then stick around for a live post-debate show starting at 8 p.m.

Post debate recap: Watch a special debate post-show on WHIO.com and DaytonDailyNews.com Sept. 19 starting at 8 p.m.

Stay informed: Follow our Ohio Politics Facebook page for the latest news. We will have live updates throughout the debate on Twitter at @Ohio_Politics. Follow the discussion at #OHGovDebate. Sign up for our Ohio Politics newsletter. 

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